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Rape-accused Stoke Mandeville doctor 'tied girl to couch'

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Image caption Complaints against Michael Salmon were made by 18 women and one man

A former consultant paediatrician at Stoke Mandeville Hospital tied a 14-year-old patient to a couch and raped her, a court has heard.

Michael Salmon, 81, is accused of 26 child sex offences, alleged to have taken place while he was worked at the hospital in the 1970s and 1980s.

Reading Crown Court heard he told the girl, one of 19 alleged victims, the assault was part of her treatment.

Mr Salmon, from Salisbury, denies one rape charge and 25 indecent assaults.

At the opening of his trial on Tuesday, jurors were told the former doctor used his position to take advantage of young patients.

'Touched inappropriately'

Complaints were made by 18 women and one man who are now grown up.

Other girls said they were separated from their parents before he asked them to take their clothes off and he touched them inappropriately.

The court heard some of the girls did not realise they had been abused.

The jury was also told Mr Salmon admitted three charges of indecent assault in 1991, and was also convicted of 11 offences last year.

The trial continues.

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